Land Rover Series 2a 109"
There are five of these - 1970 model late Series 2a Land-Rover 109" truck-cabs by Dinky Toys. Late Series 2a is recognisable because they still have the wire radiator grille but the headlamps have moved into the wings. They were produced like that for the last year or so before the Series 3 came out - the Series 3 was still leaf-sprung and had the plastic radiator grille.
Five versions? One civilian, one Police, one Fire Service, one Motorway Wrecker and one Army Bomb Disposal, they are all pick-ups (truck cabs to the Land Rover nerd) the back bodies on the Police & Army versions are plastic and detachable.
The Army Bomb Disposal version of the Dinky Land-Rover was made for two years from 1976 to 1977, well after the Series 3 was on the road - and off it too. It is supposed to have with it a robotic bomb-disposal device as was being widely used in Northern Ireland at the time. These are not easily found, probably they did not sell so well because the troubles in Northern Ireland were so intense at the time the toy was released and parents were unwilling to give it to their kids. Whatever the reason there are not too many around these days and you will have to pay if you want one.
The Breakdown Crane comes in white with red detailing as the UK release, there were export versions in white and in red with FALK livery. The UK version was produced from 1973 to 1979, the export versions 1975 to 1978.
The Fire Engine was produced for the UK market between 1973 and 1979, there was an export version made for the Danish market 1974-78 in FALK livery
The Police Land Rover was produced for the UK market only from 1977 to 1980 with no variations
The Land Rover Pickup was produced from 1970 to 1972 with cast hubs in metallic red or metallic blue, from 1973 to 1978 it was metallic red only and had Speedwheels
Dinky Toys 604; Land Rover Bomb Disposal Unit
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